2017–2018 Adult Education Programming Below are classes or discussions scheduled for this year. Some are free while others require a nominal fee. Reserve your seat by registering via this form. Your name* First Last Your email* Best number to reach you byJewish SpiritualityJewish Spirituality (interested in attending)The Mystical Tradition and How it Speaks to our Everyday Lives FreeLed by Rabbi Zelony*Select Sundays, 8AM, Room 207Come explore essays of the Chassidic masters and modern scholars to understand what Judaism has to say about God, inner transformation, spiritual practice, compassion, healing, tshuva, halacha and mitzvot. (*Follows Congregational Learning Center Sundays). Wise Aging: Living with JoyWise Aging (will be attending)Begins October 8$18Limited to 12 participantsLed by Karen Hoffman*Select Sundays, 4-6PM (Library)This 8–week class is a new, groundbreaking program specifically designed to meet the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of Jewish seekers. In our groups, you will be guided through reflective work that enables you to come to new understandings about your life, self, values, and Jewish practices. Learning modes include text study, active listening, reflection, and journaling. Nosh & Knowledge: Walking with GodWalking with God (member)Walking with God (non-member)October 16, 23, and 3010:30 to 11:30 AM (Oneg Room)$18 members / $36 non-memberLed by Rabbi ZelonyWhat does Judaism have to say about God? What do you believe about God? How has your understanding of God developed over the course of your life? Do these sound like questions you'd like to explore? God can be elusive. This class will give you ideas and language to articulate some of the beliefs you have or want to have about the Divine. Nosh & Knowledge: 50 Shades of Talmud50 Shades (member)50 Shades (non-member)What the First Rabbis Had to Say About "You-Know-What"November 6, 13, 27; December 4 & 1110:30 to 11:30 AM (Oneg Room) $18 members / $36 non-memberLed by Beri SchwitzerJoin in this lighthearted, in-depth tour of sexuality within the Talmud and come eavesdrop at the first rabbis’ locker-room door as they discuss our most intimate relationships. With reflections from author Maggie Anton’s book of the same name, we will explore the Talmud with humor and modern insight. Nosh & Knowledge: Stories of Women in TorahWomen in Torah (member)Women in Torah (non-member)January 22 & 29; February 5 & 12 10:30 to 11:30 AM (Oneg Room)$18 members / $36 non-memberLed by Beri SchwitzerUsing collections from the Jewish Women’s Archive, this course brings Biblical women to life, demonstrating the power of these often under-studied stories, and highlighting the ways in which they can help us navigate our own complicated lives. Learn about Eve’s role as the first mother, and consider what her story might teach us about going through a difficult experience without sufficient support. Was Lilith a demoness or heroine? Study her long and varied history, and consider how her story reflects changing perspectives on powerful women. Nosh & Knowledge: Judaism and the Labor MovementJudaism/Labor (member)Judaism/Labor (non-member)February 26; March 5, 19, 2610:30 to 11:30 AM (Oneg Room) $18 members / $36 non-memberLed by Beri SchwitzerThese six classes weave stories of immigration and collective action together with traditional Jewish texts to create a rich investigation of Jewish involvement in the American Labor Movement. Identify the connections between human needs, work, and community, examine real-life examples of how to create social change, and look closely at contemporary labor issues through a Jewish lens. Nosh & Knowledge: Living the LegacyLiving the Legacy (member))Living the Legacy (non-member)A course in Jewish Social JusticeApril 2, 9, 16, 23, 3010:30 to 11:30 AM (Oneg Room) $18 members / $36 non-memberLed by Beri SchwitzerExplore identity and activism highlighting the stories of Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Investigate the motivations and experiences of American Jewish activists, experiment with models for civil disobedience and community organizing, and unpack the complex relationship between Jews, African Americans, and social justice activism. Learn to be a GabbaiGabbai Training (would be interested in this class)Led by Chuck Smith. Open to CBT members only.Learn to Lead Friday Night ServicesFriday Night Training (would be interested in this class)Led by Elizabeth Stein. Prior knowledge of services needed. Open to CBT members only.Learn to Lead ShacaritShacarit Training (would be interested in this class)Led by Arny Felner. Open to CBT members only.Learn to Read & Act Out Megillah ReadingMegillah Training (will be attending)Select Sundays from November through February11:00 AM to Noon (Rabbi's Office) Led by Rabbi Zelony A dastardly villain, a wise sage, a foolish king and a brave queen...who wouldn't want to learn how to chant the most dynamic Jewish book of all time? This course will teach the trope as well as include text study of the material to deepen our understanding of the Purim story. Students will be encouraged and coached to read a portion from the megillah this year. Familiarity with a trope system is a pre–requisite to the course. Open to CBT members only. Intro to JudaismIntro to Judaism (will be attending)Select Mondays starting October 167:00 PM at various locations $180Led by Rabbi Zelony, Rabbi Kushnick, and Rabbi Roffman Led by Rabbi Kushnick, Rabbi Roffman, and Rabbi Zelony, this cooperative–effort class between Beth Torah, Shearith Israel, and Anshai Torah, is designed for you to learn basics of Jewish theology, holidays, liturgy, Israel, life cycle, and history. Faiths in ConversationFaiths in Con (interested in attending)Select dates7:00 PM at various locations FreeLed by Rabbi Schlesinger This panel discussion is a cross-cultural exchange, facilitating a wonderful atmosphere of learning, inspiration, and respect. For locations and topics, visit Faiths in Conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/faithsinconversation. Rabbinic RevolutionsRabbinic Revolutions (interested in attending)Select Sundays7:30 PM (Sanctuary) FreeLed by Rabbi Schlesinger The rabbinic Judaism that we practice today draws its lifeblood from our ancient Torah and yet, at the same time, is very different from what the Torah describes. The rabbis of yore understood themselves to be called upon to actively interpret and reinterpret the Torah and, in doing so, they often radically altered its meaning. They brought moral and humanistic values to bear on the legal text and, thus, bequeathed us the foundations of the Judaism that we know today. Taught by Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, this class will cover a different example of rabbinic revolution every week, among them: The Wayward Son, The Deviant Wife, Eye for an Eye, A Woman’s Place, The Condemned City, The Meaning of Shavuot (the holiday), The Destruction of the Seven Canaanite Nations, and Animal Sacrifice.Jewish & Christian StudyJ&C Study (interested in attending)Meets on a Monday once a monthNoon (Oneg Room) FreeA unique interfaith study group of Jews and Christians who meet once a month. We are learning about each other as we study primary source texts (Bible, Mishnah) together. I've Slept Since Hebrew SchoolI've Slept Study (member)I've Slept Study (non-Member)Select Tuesdays, October 17 to May 86:00 to 9:00 PM (Room 207) $54 Members / $108 Non-MembersLed by Beri SchwitzerThis course will cover the sweep of more than 3,000 years of history, encounter texts and teachers both ancient and contemporary, and most importantly—have the opportunity to reflect on your place in the narrative of the Jewish people. Israeli Soldiers Tour: Between the LinesSoldier Tour (interested in attending)Saturday, October 281:00 to 2:00 PM (Oneg Room) FreeFollowing a special Kiddush Luncheon, hear the stories of two inspiring young Israelis—their struggles, their successes, their military service, and their hopes and dreams. Ask the tough questions, and learn what it is actually like to live in a country that is the subject of so much discussion in the media and on campus. The soldiers speak in dozens of cities across North America each spring, in venues including college campuses, high schools, synagogues, and churches. By the time the annual tour is finished, these soldiers will have shared their personal experiences with tens of thousands of students and community members. iEngageiEngage (member)iEngage (non-member)Begins Tuesday, October 107:00 to 9:00 PM (Anshai Torah) $36 for members of participating synagogues and the JCC$150 for non-membersA Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings explores the pivotal events of 1917, 1947, and 1967 as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel’s future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. This iEngage series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today. Together we will engage in a new values-based discourse about Israel, including topics such as: nationhood, land, Sovereignty, Jerusalem, Occupation, and Moral Red Lines. This 12-week course engages Jews in an open and pluralistic discussion about issues of Jewish identity, peoplehood, ethics, and theology, as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation, and moral red lines. Each session in this eight-unit course includes a 20-35 minute video lecture and a 20-30 minute round-table video discussion led by community Rabbis, as well as primary sources and background readings.Additional application is required for this class. Chocolate HebrewChocolate Hebrew (Free Trial)Chocolate Hebrew (entire course)FREE TRIAL! Sunday, October 88:00 PM (Sukkah)First class begins October 14 at 8:00 PM$100 includes materialsFEELING LOST IN THE SERVICE? In only thirteen hours, you'll be reading Hebrew! The name Chocolate Hebrew was chosen to give a sense of the fun, innovation – and appeal – of a totally different Hebrew reading crash course. In only 13 hours over a few weeks, this unique, multi-sensory, non-threatening intensive class will take the mystery out of the Hebrew alphabet – and prepare you for both Modern Hebrew and Prayer Book Hebrew courses! Chocolate Hebrew was developed by a master Hebrew teacher and a noted linguist in Washington, D.C., and introduced to Texas by Ruthie Precker, who has taught Hebrew at every level in the Dallas area for more than two decades. Follow up this class with Improving Your Hebrew Reading starting in November (see below).Improving Your Hebrew ReadingImproving Hebrew (member)Improving Hebrew (non-member)Starts Sunday, November 510:00 AM to Noon (Room 207)$50 members / $100 non-membersPAYMENTTotal $0.00 How do you wish to pay?By CheckBy Credit Card OnlinePlease note the amount shown above before submitting this form.